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Chicago flamenco Festival Kick off Carlos Rodríguez & Ensemble Español

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Carlos Rodríguez was born in Madrid in 1975, and he was only 13 when he reached the Spanish National Ballet’s final auditions. His professional dancing career began with the Ballet Teatro Español under the direction of Rafael Aguilar. As a youth he also performed with Ballet Teatro Español under the direction of Luisillo, with Ballet Español de Madrid under the direction of José Granero, and with the Zambra Ballet. In Expo ‘92 in Seville, he worked on La Petenera, directed by Emilio Hernández, and he was selected by the Teatro de la Zarzuela to take part in the play Chorizos y polacos with choreography by Alberto Lorca. Rodríguez was a guest soloist with the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in 1992. At the OTI festivals in 1992 and 1993, he was choreographed by Goyo Montero, and he subsequently joined José Antonio and the Spanish Ballet as soloist dancer. Then in 1994, he won the award for the most outstanding dancer at the Certámen Nacional de Coreografía de Danza Española together with Rojas, and he worked for the Teatro de la Zarzuela, under the direction of Emilio Sagi.

Rodríguez has admitted that although he has performed and knows pure flamenco well, it does not appeal to him, and he understands that the flamenco of his parents does not speak to most people his age. Partly born of his drive to innovate within flamenco, in 1995 he co-created the Nuevo Ballet Español with Rojas, and their company’s performances have been responsible for attracting a whole new audience to flamenco. In addition to touring with the Nuevo Ballet Español, Rodríguez has choreographed and danced for the José Antonio Spanish Ballet, and he teaches privately and has designed some of the costumes used in Furia.

Ensemble Español

Experience what the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times newspapers call "Sensual, exciting, and breathtaking ensemble dancing... Global Phenomenon... the stage sizzled in celebration" Ensemble Español presents it's fiery Flamenco dances and music from Andalucía, the southern part of Spain with choreographies from international artists from Madrid to Sevilla to Jerez!

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, under the leadership of founder Dame Libby Komaiko, artistic director, Irma Suarez Ruiz and executive director, Jorge Perez, is the premier Spanish dance company and center in the United States to have in-residence status at a university, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. The Ensemble's mission is the preservation, presentation and promotion of the classical, folkloric, Flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain.

The EE has appeared throughout the United States, the Midwest, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada and on four continents in the countries of Mexico, Costa Rica, Poland, Australia, China and most recently Spain. The company also appears with opera, film, chamber ensembles, festivals, conventions and symphony orchestras including the Chicago Symphony.

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